Ward Named Station Manager at WFDD

Linda Ward has been named station manager at WFDD, the National Public Radio (NPR) member station at Wake Forest University.

Since 1994, Ward has been development director at WFDD (88.5 FM), where she has been in charge of developing underwriting and corporate sponsorships.

“Since coming to the station a few years ago, I have been proud to be associated with public radio in the Triad,” said Ward, a Kansas native who has lived in Winston-Salem nine years.

“WFDD has earned a well-deserved reputation for providing listeners with the world’s greatest music, as well as news and public affairs programming that is second to none,” added Ward. “As manager, I look forward to helping the station maintain its tradition of quality programming.”

WFDD broadcasts classical music every day for a total of more than 100 hours a week. It broadcasts a mix of other music ranging from jazz to traditional.

The first public radio station in North Carolina to affiliate with NPR, WFDD airs NPR morning and evening news programs seven days a week.

WFDD’s broadcast area includes 32 North Carolina counties, including the entire Triad region.

“As WFDD’s development director, I became keenly aware of the large area that we serve, and I had the opportunity to meet many of the people who support the station,” Ward said. “As manager, one of my goals is to broaden the station’s interaction with the large number of communities we serve.”

Before joining WFDD in 1994, Ward had been a member of the public affairs staff at Wake Forest, where she worked particularly with special events. Previously, she was associated with commercial radio stations in Kansas and Arkansas.

Ward and her husband, Gary Ward, moved to Winston-Salem in 1988. They have two childrenóMatthew, 14, and Jennifer, 11.

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